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NYCB Vol. 7 No. 4 - Afternoon of a Faun

"The first ballet I ever did on stage was in Paris, and it was Afternoon of a Faun, and I was 15 and didn't realize how extraordinary that was!"

In Ep. 24 of City Ballet the Podcast, Kay Mazzo tells how she auditioned for Jerome Robbins' company Ballets: U.S.A. while she was still a student at the School of American Ballet. She was taken into the company and attended the meticulous rehearsals that Robbins held. Despite his reputation for being a taskmaster, he was always kind to her as she was just 15 years old. She embarked on a European tour with the company to Spoleto, London, Paris, Sweden, & Denmark and also danced Opus Jazz and Faun at the Kennedy White House. To learn more about Kay's first experiences as a professional dancer, listen to the full podcast episode!

Kay Mazzo and Glenn Tetley. Photo by Martha Swope, 1961

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